I had the pleasure of coaching youth sports with Craig Wismer long before I knew of his position as Justice of the Peace. Mr. Wismer never mentioned his position with the Court while we coached together. It was six months after the season was over that I first discovered he was a judge for the Arrowhead Justice Court. In all my years of being around youth athletics, Mr. Wismer was one of the most genuinely engaged, helpful coaches I’ve ever seen. He came early to work on things with the kids and was the last one to leave practice. He even coached when his own son was unable to participate due to illness. It is amazing to me that he dedicated all that time to the kids and still managed his career responsibilities.
I’ll be honest, I don’t pay too much attention to local politics, but when I saw the signs for Mr. Wismer’s campaign recently for justice of the peace, I felt compelled to write in and offer a good word for him. He is a good man with a good heart. While his background and service as a congressional employee and tenure as justice of the peace is exemplary, it is his character “off the field” that wins my vote.